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Samsung Galaxy S10 release date, price, specs and rumors

Galaxy S10: Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Samsung’s phone.

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Jun 7, 2018 UPDATE – The Galaxy S9 is barely a few months old and Samsung fans are already looking forward to the next year’s Galaxy S10. The S9 and S9 Plus sales were below expectations as they lacked any major design changes. Consumers have a lot of expectations from the Galaxy S10. Samsung is expected to radically overhaul Galaxy S10 to mark the 10th anniversary of its most successful smartphone lineup.

Samsung is reportedly going to introduce a triple camera system with the Galaxy S10 next year. KB Securities analyst Kim Dong-won recently told investors that the Korean company was working on a triple rear camera setup for the next-gen Galaxy S device. The analyst predicts the S10 will also feature a 3D sensor to provide augmented reality experiences and 3D content recording. The 3D sensor will also help in enhancing zoom and low-light photography. Samsung has been working with Mantis Vision on 3D depth-sensing modules for its future smartphones.

Kim Dong-won didn’t reveal technical specs of the triple camera Samsung will use in the Galaxy S10. Huawei’s latest P20 Pro is giving Apple, Samsung, and Google a run for their money, at least in the camera department. DxOMark has declared P20 Pro as the world’s best smartphone camera. The Huawei P20 Pro comes with a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone X Plus is also rumored to feature a triple camera system on the back. So, the Galaxy S10 will really have to do some catch-up with rivals.

The Galaxy S10 is also going to be Samsung’s first smartphone to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor. The company was trying to incorporate it under the Galaxy Note 9’s display. But leaked renders suggest the Note 9 will launch without the optical fingerprint solution. According to Korean media, Samsung will not be able to introduce the feature before Galaxy S10. ETNews says Samsung Display and its partners are already working to integrate the fingerprint reader under the S10’s OLED display.

Sources told ETNews that Samsung has decided to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that recognizes fingerprints by transmitting an ultrasonic pulse against your finger when you put it on the screen. It also analyzes pores and ridges that are unique to each fingerprint. Qualcomm’s ultrasonic sensor is said to be faster and more secure than Synaptics’ Clear ID FS9500 that is used by Vivo. The Galaxy Note 9 will continue to have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Samsung has so far resisted the temptation to copy the display notch from the iPhone X, even though dozens of other Android vendors have adopted the cutout. The Galaxy S10 is unlikely to have a notch, but Samsung will continue to reduce the thickness of the top and bottom bezels to expand the screen space. The Galaxy S9 has a screen-to-body ratio of about 83%. Twitter leaker Ice Universe claims the Galaxy S10 would offer a screen-to-body ratio of 94%, which means the bezels will become almost non-existent and the gorgeous OLED screen would cover almost entire front panel. Samsung will have to keep the top bezel until it figures out a way to incorporate the front camera, ear speaker, and other sensors under the display.

The Galaxy S10 is said to launch in early January 2019, most likely at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Why is Samsung bringing the new device earlier than usual? Let me explain. The company traditionally unveils new Galaxy S handsets at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in late February or early March. Next year, it is going to launch a foldable phone dubbed Galaxy X at the MWC. So, the company is planning to introduce the S10 in January. This way, Samsung will ensure that the foldable phone doesn’t steal all the limelight away from the Galaxy S10.

You should expect the Galaxy S10 to be more expensive than its predecessor. The device will be jam-packed with new technologies such as an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 3D sensing module, and a triple camera system on the back. These new features are going to push its manufacturing costs up, and Samsung will eventually pass on the added costs to consumers. Get ready to shell out upward of $800 for the base model.

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May 24, 2018 update: 2019 is going to be a defining year for Samsung’s smartphone business. The Korean company refreshes the Galaxy S series in the first half and the Galaxy Note line in the second half of the year. Next year, it will add a third flagship device – likely to be called Galaxy X –  into the mix. It will affect the Galaxy S10 launch schedule. The S10 flagship is several months away, but the Korean media has already started leaking details about the handset. Based on recent rumors and comments from Samsung executives, here’s what we know about the Galaxy S10 specs, features, and release date.

Galaxy S10 to launch under a new name

Yes, there is a good chance Samsung will change the naming pattern with the Galaxy S10. So, don’t be surprised if the phone debuts under a new moniker. Changing the name with the next year’s model makes sense. It will sound weird if the future Galaxy S devices are called Galaxy S13 or Galaxy S17. Samsung needs to do something about it. DJ Koh, the head of mobile business at Samsung, has told media that the company was considering changing the naming scheme with the Galaxy S9 successor.

Koh said the new device would retain the ‘Galaxy’ branding, but the company was taking a hard look at whether to keep the ‘S’ moniker and the numbering system. Samsung is said to be developing S10 under the code-name ‘Beyond.’ The code-name indicates that the Korean company wants its 10th-anniversary flagship to go beyond what has already been done in the market.

Galaxy S10 specs: Design and display

According to Korean site The Bell, Samsung has already finalized the Galaxy S10 design. Instead of adopting the iPhone X-like notch, the phone would have incredibly slim bezels at the top and bottom. It would stick to the Super AMOLED Infinity display and the 18.5:9 aspect ratio that Samsung uses on its existing phones. The S10 and S10 Plus are also said to keep the same 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch screen sizes, respectively.

Samsung is going to significantly shrink the bezels next year. According to Twitter tipster Ice Universe, the next-gen model would have an insanely high screen-to-body ratio of 94%. By comparison, the Galaxy S9 has a screen-to-body ratio of 83.6%, the iPhone X has 82.9%, and the ratio for the newly-launched OnePlus 6 is 84%. It means the S10 would be almost completely bezel-less.

In a recent tweet, the often reliable Ice Universe revealed that Galaxy S10 would have a screen resolution of higher than 600ppi. If it turns out to be true, it will be the highest resolution display ever seen on a Samsung smartphone. The Galaxy S9 has a display resolution of 570ppi while the S9 Plus offers 530ppi. Apple’s iPhone X lags behind at 458ppi.

Galaxy S9 specs: RAM, storage, and more

Ice Universe recently posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that the Galaxy S10 specs would include at least 6GB LPDDR5 RAM and 64GB of base storage. The phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 855 or Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820 chips depending on the market. Both the chips would be produced using the 7nm manufacturing process, meaning they would be faster and more energy efficient than their respective predecessors.

The Snapdragon variant will likely be sold in the US and China, while the Exynos model will be sold in international markets. The processors will also be tuned to handle artificial intelligence-related tasks. A recent report from Business Korea indicates that the Galaxy S10 could be Samsung’s first phone to support 5G connectivity. Telecom carriers in Samsung’s home country are preparing to roll out 5G services by March 2019, and Samsung will be ready to take advantage of the new technology.

The Galaxy S10 is also expected to see major improvements in the camera department. It will likely retain the variable apertures and the super slo-mo features that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Samsung is expected to tightly integrate AI into the S10’s camera to take smartphone photography to a whole new level.

Galaxy S10 specs: Optical fingerprint reader, 3D sensing module

It’s no secret that Samsung has been working on an in-display fingerprint scanner for years. The technology was expected to debut with the Galaxy Note 9. But KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Twitter tipster Ice Universe believe it’s not going to happen. Samsung is facing “technological difficulties” with the optical fingerprint sensor. And the issues are unlikely to be resolved by the time Galaxy Note 9 enters production.

The Galaxy S10 could be Samsung’s first phone to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, allowing users to unlock the device and authenticate payments by placing their finger in a designated area on the screen. If it happens, the new phone will ditch the rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Samsung is working with Samsung Display, Qualcomm, Synaptics and Ezestek on the under-display fingerprint technology.

The rumored Galaxy S10 specs also include a 3D sensing module similar to Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X. The current Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus come with an Intelligent Scan feature that combines data from the iris scanner and facial recognition to authenticate the user. But it’s far less secure than the iPhone X’s Face ID technology. The Investor reports that Samsung is working with Mantis Vision and Namuga to integrate a 3D depth sensing module in its upcoming flagship phones.

Galaxy S10 release date

Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy S10 earlier than usual, if recent reports are to be believed. The company is planning to introduce the foldable phone dubbed Galaxy X at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in late February. As a result, the Galaxy S10 would be introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January next year.

The Galaxy X will be produced only in small quantities initially for sale in South Korea. Depending on the consumer response, the foldable phone could be introduced in international markets towards the end of 2019. In short, the primary reason Samsung is releasing the Galaxy S10 earlier than usual is to accommodate the foldable Galaxy X.

Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10
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May 18, 2018 Update – While we still don’t have much news as to what is coming with the Samsung Galaxy S10, we’ve now seen the release of the Galaxy S9 and it didn’t do nearly as well as the Korean tech giant had hoped.

While the S9 did feature a significant upgrade both in camera specifications and in the power of the device, that just wasn’t quite enough to warrant an upgrade from those that were happy with their Galaxy S8.

The iPhone X was also likely a detractor from the Galaxy S9’s success, offering innovation where Samsung offered iteration. With the Samsung Galaxy S10, however, the company has the chance to correct the errors of their ways and deliver something spectacular – and they certainly have an incentive to do something different with this upcoming launch.

With that said, we do have some new news about the Samsung Galaxy S10 in one major area: the display.

Samsung devices have long been renowned for their excellent screen quality, and the S10 will be no exception. In fact, it will feature the highest-quality screen we’ve seen on a smartphone to date with a pixel density of 600 ppi – a massive increase over the iPhone X and its 458 ppi.

The tip comes from twitter user IceUniverse who has been known to release reliable information about smartphones. The news also comes just a week after he suggested that we’ll see a screen-to-body ration of 93% – meaning that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will perhaps have slimmer bezels than we’ve ever seen before.

In terms of power, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will definitely not disappoint, with the Snapdragon 855 processor that has yet to be released to the public as well as at least 6GB of RAM.

It’s also expected that the Galaxy S10 will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner – a feature many were desperate for as bezels continued to shrink, and one which will unfortunately probably be absent at the launch of the Note 9 later this year.

Most of the news we’ve received regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 has been based on the system specifications, but are we going to see anything new in terms of features? A large portion of why the iPhone X was so successful was due to the innovative new FaceID technology – something that Samsung has yet to match.

At this point, it’s looking like the Galaxy S10 may be one of the most premium devices on the market. But are high-end specs and nothing else enough to attract the attention of buyers? It certainly looks more robust than what we saw with the S9, but if there’s nothing else on the table it could potentially be another lackluster performance from Samsung.

We’ll have to wait and see over the next few months whether the Korean tech giant has something else up their sleeves. They’ve proven that they’re no stranger to innovation with the ongoing development of the foldable Galaxy X, but whether we’ll see that same sort of drive and passion ported over to their main line of devices remains to be seen.

It may seem a little premature to talk about the Samsung Galaxy S10, after all the Galaxy S9 has yet to appear on the market. But rumors about the next-next generation Samsung flagship are already emerging, with the likelihood that this will be a significantly more ambitious unit than the imminent S9.

Before going any further, it is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will probably appear in February 2019. Samsung seems to have settled into a regular device window for what is its flagship device. And it is unlikely that the Korean company will digress from this policy next year, particularly as it makes sense with regard to processor arrangements.

Galaxy S10 Release Date, Price
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It has been reported that Samsung has signed an exclusivity deal for the Snapdragon 845, which will drive the Galaxy S9 in several geographical locales. So the earlier in the calendar year that Samsung can release the Galaxy S10, the more likely it is that such an exclusivity deal can be agreed for the next generation Qualcomm chip.

Speaking of which, smartphone leaker Roland Quandt recently provided information suggesting that the Snapdragon 855 processor will be a 7nm chip. Quandt pointed to data on the business-driven LinkedIn social media platform that seemed to confirm this. Considering that Samsung continues to have a favourable relationship with Qualcomm, it seems highly likely that the 855 will appear in the Galaxy S10.

Another recent report suggests that the Galaxy S10 could be compatible with the 5G wireless standard. It is certainly early to be making this assertion, as this system is yet to launch. 5G is expected to arrive, though, in the first half of this year, promising broadband speeds of up to 100 times faster than the existing 4G networks.

And infamous Weibo user ‘Ice Universe’ suggest that the Galaxy S10 will be the first mobile to support the 5G standard, even though units from other manufacturers will arrive in the stores first. For example, the next generation Apple iPhone should appear with 5G Internet available.

However, it seems that Samsung has placed a particular emphasis on delivering 5G connectivity in the future, particularly considering the strategic relationship agreement that has been announced between the Korean company and Qualcomm. This document specifically notes that the transition to 5G will be important for both developers, meaning that Galaxy S10 users could be the first to benefit from in the ultra- fast Internet speeds that 5G promises.

The same tipster also recently commented on the screen to be included in the Galaxy S10, suggesting that it could deliver an incredible screen-to-body ratio of 93 per cent (the S8 is currently 83.6 per cent). This would mean a virtually bezel-free device, and one that would be particularly striking aesthetically.

It will be interesting to see whether Samsung utilizes this extra screen proportion to deliver a larger display, or instead looks to reduce the size of the overall unit. Certainly such a design suggests that the screen size could be increased over previous releases, and this would make particular sense if the 6.5-inch mobile from Apple that has been rumored recently indeed appears this year.

A larger display size could motivate Samsung to increase the screen resolution of the Galaxy S10 over the forthcoming S9. While it is generally believed that the Galaxy S9 will retain the quad HD+ resolution of the previous generation, the S10 could push forward to the 4K resolution standard. This would be particularly logical if Samsung releases its first 4K mobile in the shape of the Galaxy Note 9 later this year.

Ice Universe also suggests that the Galaxy S10 will include a Neural Processing Unit. This innovation would not be unique to the Samsung mobile, though, as a similar device can already be found on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The intention of this unit is to handle any complex artificial intelligence and 3D processing required, ensuring that the central processing unit can deal with everyday tasks unencumbered.

Another aspect of the Galaxy S10 which could become more clear in the next few weeks is the prospect of an embedded fingerprint scanner. This has been strongly linked with the imminent Samsung flagship, yet recent reports have suggested that it will ultimately be excluded from the design.

Both Samsung and Apple have been attempting to deliver an in-screen sensor, yet there have been technical and logistical difficulties encountered in doing so. This has meant that both of the mega-corporations have been forced to shelve plans related to fingerprint scanners, and this could impact on the makeup of the Galaxy S10. It is possible that this innovation will instead appear in the 2019 version of the Samsung flagship.

Interestingly, it has also been suggested that the Galaxy S10 could be branded differently to other devices in the series. While the 2019 smartphone release would remain the central product of the Korean Corporation, Samsung could choose to name the device as Galaxy X as opposed to the Galaxy S10 moniker.

Another leaker, Tekz24, has made this particular suggestion, indicating that industry researchers and analysts have spilled the beans on this topic. The Galaxy X branding will be used in order to simplify the naming scheme for what is the most important product of the Korean manufacturer. There will also be an obvious parallel drawn with the Apple iPhone X, perhaps resulting in a head-on assault in 2019.

Finally, the pricing of the Galaxy S10 is possibly the hardest aspect of the smartphone to predict. We can reasonably expect it to be more expensive than the forthcoming Galaxy S9, although it should be well under the psychologically important $1,000 mark. Perhaps a recommended retail price in the region of $799-849 is realistic for the Galaxy S10.